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Around 1910. Reproduced by courtesy of the University Librarian and Director, The John Rylands University Library, The University of Manchester.

The Immigrant Story

In the 1950s and 1960s, Chinese immigration to the UK expanded rapidly.  Large numbers of refugees arrived in Hong Kong, due to unstable politics in the region.  This combined with Post-War unemployment led many Hakka-speaking Chinese to make their way to Britain.

“ The old days were not the same as the present.  When I came from Kowloon [in 1965] there were not many Chinese. “

~ Charlie Chan JP, OBE 李炎庭

From the 1970s, a new wave of Chinese immigrants came to Greater Manchester to join family and friends who had already settled in the city.  Their help was needed in the expanding catering trade.  The introduction of long haul flights at Manchester airport in 1981 and the opening of the Chinese Consulate in 1986 added to Manchester’s appeal.

The vibrant Chinese community continues to attract immigrants to the city.  Many new settlers arrived in 1997 and in 1999 when control of Hong Kong and then Macau was handed back to the Chinese authorities.  Most recently, Mandarin-speaking Chinese from mainland China have arrived in the city seeking work and education opportunities.

“ When I first came to Manchester in 1987 it was scary. When I arrived in Manchester Airport, it was very scary. Everyone was very tall and not everyone had black hair. I was alone and had no relatives in this country, I knew no one. I just took my chance to come over here to make my dreams come true one day. “

~ Sylvia Sham

“ When I came to Manchester, I thought it was very small compared to my home town, Beijing, and the city architecture was not that great.  But the longer I stayed, the more I grew to love the city. “

~ Jessica Zhang, Manager, China-Britain Business Council








根据John Rylands 图书馆的资料记载,在1905年前后,曼彻斯特大学第一次有了来自中国的留学生。



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